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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike


The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike is a purebred XC race bike with sharp handling, unrelenting stiffness, and zippy acceleration. Optimized for cross-country and marathon racers, the Highball has no qualms about focusing on all-out speed and nimble handling when every pedal stroke is crucial to closing the gap on the competition. This particular Highball benefits from 27.5-inch wheels, which offer quicker cornering and directional changes than their 29-inch counterparts. 27.5-inch wheels also provide greater stand-over and easier maneuverability for shorter riders choosing the small-sized frame.

The Carbon CC frame on this build shaves approximately 280 grams (that’s 9.8 ounces!) from Santa Cruz’s Carbon C frame without compromising one bit of strength or stiffness. In fact, you’ll immediately feel its resoundingly stiff carbon lay-up, which translates every ounce of rider energy into forward-screaming momentum. Its 69-degree head tube angle balances razor-sharp XC handling traits without feeling unnerving or squirrely on technical courses and rock-strewn descents.

For a bit of added comfort, Santa Cruz engineered it with thinner stays and a 27.2-millimeter seat tube, both of which impart compliance for the bumps, rocks, and roots you’re bound to ride over on the race course or trail. Another notable design characteristic, the low-slung 12.4-inch bottom bracket imparts race car-like handling when you’re cleaning tight switchbacks, powering up technical climbs, and negotiating tight, tree-lined trails.

Delving into this Carbon CC XT build kit, you’ll find the provided RockShox SID RLC 100-millimeter fork gives you the XC-specific performance desired by competitive riders seeking every available edge. Not only does this fork boast wider Boost spacing for better tracking on technical, rock-strewn courses, but it’s also one of the lightest and stiffest forks in RockShox’s line of XC-specific forks. It comes with RockShox’s renowned Charger damper, which is slightly reconfigured for XC use with ability to use a OneLoc remote (not included) for a bar-mounted lockout. The open setting boasts a wide range of low-speed compression tuning, giving you the ability to fine-tune its feel to your exact preferences.

The Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain offers an optimal gear range with a crisp-shifting feel, ensuring you’re never out-gunned on rolling XC courses with steep climbs and fast descents alike. The brakes follow suit in typical Shimano XT fashion, offering reliability and powerful stopping without fading, especially considering the Ice-Tech 160-millimeter rotors. Looking at the wheel choice of this build, you’ll find Race Face ARC 24 rims, which are 24-millimeters wide for an optimal pairing with lightweight, skinnier XC tires. You’ll find they provide optimal support for the provided Maxxis Ikon 2.2-inch tires. If you seek a bit more bump compliance and traction, you can run 2.3-inch tires without posing any clearance issues.

Screaming-fast XC bike with nimble 27.5in wheels

Carbon CC frame is resoundingly stiff and lightweight

69-degree head tube balances agility with composure at speed

12.4in bottom bracket for low-slung handling and cornering

27.2mm seatpost and thinner stays add compliance on rocky trails

RockShox SID RLC 100mm fork is lightweight and precise-tracking

Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain for crisp shifts across a wide range

Maxis Ikon 2.2in tires ensure fast-rolling speed and grip


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon CC


RockShox SID RLC

Front Travel:



Cane Creek 40


Shimano XT M8000 SL

Front Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8025

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8000 GS


Shimano XT M8000

Bottom Bracket:

English threaded


Shimano XT M8000 (11-40t)


Shimano SLX M7000


Shimao XT M8000

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech, 160mm


Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm

Handlebar Width:



ESI Racer’s Edge


Race Face Turbine Basic


WTB Silverado Pro


Easton EC70

Seatpost Diameter:



Race Face ARC 24 (28h)


DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm thru-axle


Maxxis Ikon

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.2in

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike


Highball 27.5
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




S 16in 22.6in 22.7in 15.5in 28.3in 3.9in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 42.1in
M 17in 23.6in 23in 16.3in 28.9in 4.3in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 43.1in
L 19in 24.6in 23.4in 17.2in 29.9in 4.7in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 44.1in
XL 21in 25.6in 23.8in 18.1in 31.3in 5.1in 69o 73o 1.6in 16.7in 45.2in


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